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In another striking example of the belief that public education should be run more like a business, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has named a top publishing executive with no background in education to head the nation’s largest school system after announcing Nov. 9 that the city’s longtime chancellor was stepping down.

Hearst Magazines chairwoman Cathie Black will become the first female chancellor of the city’s 1.1 million-student...

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